Which History Does Fossils Represent?

A recent statistical analysis was published in Science which suggests the fossil record does in fact reflect a realistic version of the history concerning life on earth. Biodiversity has been a curiosity with Paleontologists who are concerned with bias conclusions and wonder if the fossil holds a true representation.

The publication discussed what Darwin had mentioned about the lack of transitions discovered in the fossil record and hoped someday it will all be cleared up (which is a common threat among many evolutionary theories).  As they put their  concern this way, “less than one percent of extinct species are represented in the fossil record.” Less than one percent? That is impossible unless one assumes there were supposed to be missing transitions in-between as required in evolutionary ‘theory.’

The study compared various creatures and other parameters such as marine sedimentary rock formation, sea level, and isotopes of carbon, oxygen, sulfur, and strontium in order to see how they are related. Researchers discovered a way in which sedimentary rock is laid down where it does correlate with species diversity because both are related to “other geological forces.”

Peters writes, “Raup was right, in that there is a strong correlation between the variable rock record and fossil diversity, but he was wrong about the meaning of that correlation. It exists because the biosphere actually responds to the environmental changes that are responsible for producing variability in the marine sedimentary rock record.”

It is quite clear, the fossil record does not show transitional species with evolution of various kinds morphing into new creatures from common ancestral predecessors. The researchers are simply assuming the biodiversity found in the fossil record demonstrates it which is circular reasoning.

While the uniformitarian presuppositions are a faulty framework,  Peters does confirm something of value in what creationism had predicted… He says, “The biosphere actually responds to the environmental changes that are responsible for producing variability in the marine sedimentary rock record.”

Indeed it did 4,300 years ago! In creationism, we believe catastrophic changes in the environment was responsible for in having an effect on the biodiversity of creatures discovered in the fossil record but not the evolution of those life-forms, only the order in which they were buried!